2011 K-12 Education Summit

The Platte Institute hosted our K-12 Education Reform Summit on June 21, 2011 at the Scott Conference Center in Omaha. The agenda addressed the many challenges and opportunities in education today including: Nebraska's Race to the Top Application, student achievement, teacher performance and evaluation, the need for virtual education and school choice. The event was well-attended by educators, lawmakers, teachers, media and the general public.

Attendees were immersed in briefings, discussions and debates regarding the latest research, pilot programs and proven policies for raising student achievement. Below you will find the full agenda, along with video footage from the event and participant presentations.

To view the full agenda, CLICK HERE.

PowerPoint Presentations
Dr. Roger Breed, Commissioner of Education
Download file Dr. Breed PowerPoint 
Dr. Matthew Ladner, Foundation for Excellence in Education
Download file Dr. Matthew Ladner Bio 
Elaine Weiss, Economic Policy Institute
Download file Elaine Weiss PowerPoint 
Jess Wolf, NSEA Education Director
Download file Jess Wolf PowerPoint 

Video Coverage


Dr. Roger Breed, Commissioner of Education


Dr. Matthew Ladner, Foundation for Excellence in Education: Part 1 & 2


Elaine Weiss, Economic Policy Institute


Lance Izumi, Pacific Research Institute


Jess Wolf, NSEA and Robert Evnen, State Board of Education


Dr. Edward Rauchut and Chip Maxwell


John Cavanaugh, Building Bright Futures

*Please note, due to technical difficulties, we were unable to post video from the final panel discussion, The Unique Challenges of Rural, Urban and Private Education.